Sant’Egidio Lay Catholic Association in Peace Mediation for South Sudan
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Sant’Egidio Lay Catholic Association in Peace Mediation for South Sudan

With the countdown to the possible formation of South Sudan’s unity government into the last full month after the latest 100-day extension, a group of opposition leaders is currently in Rome for a meeting under the auspices of Sant’Egidio Catholic community, a lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts,…

Nairobi, Kenya: First Lay VC Takes Office at Tangaza University College
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Nairobi, Kenya: First Lay VC Takes Office at Tangaza University College

“I receive with gratitude this symbol of the Tangaza University College Educating Community,” Prof. Wang’ombe said while receiving the mace of power and added, “I am mindful that with it, I receive the fruit of the faith, love, dedication and professional expertise of generations of students, educators, sponsors and indeed the leadership of this College…

The Netherlands: Church Closures Trigger Further Disaffection
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The Netherlands: Church Closures Trigger Further Disaffection

“The fact that every neighborhood in the Netherlands used to have its own church is an exception worldwide. The closing of churches is a logical consequence of the fact that the church no longer is a binding factor in Dutch society,” he said. According to religious sociologist Theo Schepens, people in the Netherlands have been…

Vintage Pope Francis: Love Expressed in Significant Small Gestures
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Vintage Pope Francis: Love Expressed in Significant Small Gestures

Pope Francis on Family Life: “Please, Thank You, Forgive Me”. Love rarely requires grand gestures. It is most eloquently expressed in small gestures A commercial with a difference:

The Light: Newsletter for the Friends of Mill Hill in The Philippines
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The Light: Newsletter for the Friends of Mill Hill in The Philippines

Warm greetings and welcome to All our Readers! At last our Friends of Mill Hill-Philippines newsletter got its name. During our November 2019 assembly, we decided to give this newsletter its name to give it an identity. It is now called THE LIGHT. (Ang Bag-ong Iwag). Why this name? THE LIGHT is a translation of…

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Warns Against Danger of Balkanisation
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DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Warns Against Danger of Balkanisation

In his address to journalists at the press conference, Cardinal Ambongo revealed, “There is a balkanization plan that is already underway.” According to the Congolese Church leader, the balkanization plan “concerns the eastern part of the country. There is even a mode of operation in Ituri-Bunia, Butembo-Beni and Rutshuru-Minembwe.” As a way forward, the Archbishop…

Missionaries Killed in 2019
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Missionaries Killed in 2019

In the wake of the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 lived by Catholic communities at all latitudes, which was also an opportunity to rediscover the figures of many witnesses of the faith of the local Churches who spent their lives for the Gospel in the most diverse contexts and situations, Agenzia Fides continues its…

Cambodia: Singaporean Christians on Solidarity Mission
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Cambodia: Singaporean Christians on Solidarity Mission

We had another meaningful experience today in Kompong Khleang village, a floating community (during rainy season) approximately 50km from Siem Reap. The church has no chapel in the area but there is a student learning center. This time, I was privileged to be able to join the Singaporean group of 32 including 2 Singaporean priests…

Missio: Recruiting for Two New Posts
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Missio: Recruiting for Two New Posts

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two outstanding community fundraisers to work with diocesan volunteer teams to raise funds to enable Missio to achieve its mission. This is an opportunity which would suit someone wanting to use their proven fundraising skills to support the Church’s mission overseas by building effective relationships with Diocesan Directors, Parish…

Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas
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Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas

And then there are Matthew’s Magi. What are they about? They are non-Jews, who get Jesus right from the very beginning, just as the establishment (Herod and his religious experts) gets Jesus wrong from the very beginning, at least in the sense that they regard him as so serious a threat to their status quo…

L’Arche: The Amazing Healing Effect of Friendship with the Intellectually Disabled
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L’Arche: The Amazing Healing Effect of Friendship with the Intellectually Disabled

When French Catholic Jean Vanier brought two men with intellectual disabilities to live with him in his home, he did so more out of a sense of religious duty than anything else. But as time went on, he began to realize that what the men needed was not help, but friendship. In the founding of…

Biopiracy: Africa’s Genetic Material Taken without Adequate Safeguards
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Biopiracy: Africa’s Genetic Material Taken without Adequate Safeguards

Biopiracy – the act of directly or indirectly taking undue advantage of research participants and communities in global health research – has a long and contentious history in Africa. A recent case occurred during the West African Ebola outbreak between 2014 and 2016 when thousands of biological specimens left the continent without consent. Very often…